I recall the days of yore when burning draft cards and flags was desecration….and then it was somehow alright to take the American flag and turn it into bandannas or head bands or underwear or t-shirts or…..on and on…..but the one thing that held strong was…it was NOT somehow okay to burn the American flag…….
My thoughts on the subject range from super liberal to a bit conservative…….on the one hand it is a piece of cloth with a couple of bright colors….and it is the symbol of our country…..but should it be protected? If the answer is yes….then ALL items that depict the flag in an unflattering light should also be banned…and that includes those damn silly magnets, underwear, caps, hats, head bands and on and on…….
If that is not possible, then burning is an acceptable way of treating the flag…after all when an American flag is to be officially destroyed…how is it done…..BINGO! They burn it.
Attorney Knustler in his argument in the Johnson v Texas, the case of of flag desecration closed with:
“And I understand that this flag has serious important meanings…that it has real meaning to real people out there. But that does not mean that it may have different meanings to other people out there and that they may not under the First Amendment show their feelings by what Texas calls desecration of a venerated object. I think it’s a most important case. I sense it goes to the heart of the First Amendment, to hear things or to see things that we hate tests the First Amendment more than seeing or hearing things that we like. It wasn’t designed for things we like. They never needed a First Amendment.”
Supreme Court Justice Kennedy said back in 1989:
“The hard fact is that sometimes we must make decisions we do not like. We make them because they are right, right in the sense that the law and the Constitution, as we see them, compel the result. And so great is our commitment to the process that, except in the rare case, we do not pause to express distaste for the result, perhaps for fear of undermining a valued principle that dictates the decision. This is one of those rare cases.”
There you have it…..knowing that not all Americans will agree with the ruling….but SCOTUS has spoken…….
And then there are those that yell the loudest about the desecration of the flag….like one Sarah Palin….but she does not know what she speaks of anyway……thanx to the site Newser:
Sarah Palin appears to have desecrated Old Glory at a Tea Party Express rally in Reno. Video from the event shows Palin signing a flag handed to her by a fan, thereby violating a section of the US Flag Code that states the flag “should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature,” notes Salon.
Despite her party’s tough stance against messing with the Stars and Stripes, Palin’s Old Glory “desecration” won’t likely ever be punished, even if she placed herself under citizen’s arrest, the Guardian notes. Another section of the code states that “the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever” or be “printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.” (Click here for Palin’s last flag-related snafu.)
Funny how all that works, huh?